Ryan Mathison

Ryan Mathison

Entries have now closed in the VERO GREAT GUITAR CONTEST and someone will win a beautiful Taylor 717 Builder's Edition 'Grand Pacific' acoustic and a trip out to Los Angeles to jam with Michael Lemmo at Norman's Rare Guitars, an interview with All Guitar Network and a tour of the Taylor factory. The judges are reviewing entries now and we'll bring you the results asap.

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